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Report reveals minigrid benefits for Africa

By: Donna Slater     14th August 2020 Minigrid electricity developer industry association, the Africa Minigrids Developers Association (Amda), on August 13 launched its 'Benchmarking Africa’s Minigrids' report, which finds that minigrids outperform utilities in terms of affordability, with average installed costs of $733 a... 

Covid-19 may have accelerated peak fossil fuel demand ‘by more than a decade’

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2020 If the world economy fails to recover rapidly from the Covid-19 crisis and if efforts to curb emissions are moderately accelerated, it is possible that global fossil-fuel demand peaked in 2019, a new Boston Consulting Group (BCG) analysis shows. The analysis models the future demand for coal, oil... 

Reid Lifestyle Centre targeting a net-zero certification

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th July 2020 In May, the Reid Lifestyle Centre, developed by Balwin Properties, achieved a six-star Green Star Public & Education Building certification. Part of an upmarket lifestyle estate situated close to the Marlboro Gautrain station, the building is also targeting a Net-zero Carbon Level 2 rating. 

Schneider Electric Wins Industrial Energy Efficiency Award at Hannover Messe for SF6-Free Medium Voltage Switchgear

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th July 2020 The company received the prize for its new SM AirSeT medium voltage switchgear, which uses pure air instead of the industry-standard SF6 greenhouse gas commonly used for grid and industrial electrical installations Schneider won the Industrial Energy Efficiency Award in the “Energy Economy”... 

Endress+Hauser Switzerland turns 60

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th July 2020 The Swiss sales center of Endress+Hauser is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Active in Switzerland since 1960, today the global leader in measurement instrumentation, services and solutions for industrial process engineering helps customers in a wide range of industries to improve their products... 

BBE change in executive management

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th July 2020 BBE formally announces that, after more than three decades at the helm, Steven Bluhm will be stepping down from the executive management by handing over the reins to Wynand Marx.  Wynand will step into the role of CEO of the BBE Group with immediate effect. The hand-over has been intentionally... 

Covid-19 yet another incentive for govt to speed up renewables capacity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th July 2020 Seizing green energy opportunities through increased private sector investments can contribute to South Africa's post-Covid-19 recovery, especially considering that the country faces a possible gross domestic product (GDP) contraction of up to 16% in real terms because of local supply and demand... 

SAPICS presents a story of African ingenuity

10th July 2020 The story of how a Kenyan startup is digitally enabling informal traders and optimising their supply chains, to improve food quality, availability, affordability, service levels and sustainability, is one of true African ingenuity. The Twiga Foods story was a highlight of the recent SAPICS... 

Majority of IPPs said to agree to refinancing initiative 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2020 A representative from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy's (DMRE's) Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office has confirmed that 70% of South Africa’s 64 IPPs have indicated they will participate in the department’s renewable energy project refinancing initiative. DMRE infrastructure... 

Hardrock project achieves 'significant' permitting milestone

By: Mariaan Webb     10th July 2020 The C$1.25-billion Hardrock gold project, which miners Premier and Centera Gold jointly own, has achieved a “significant” permitting milestone, taking the long-life project one step closer to realisation. Toronto-listed Premier announced on Thursday that the joint venture (JV), Greenstone Gold... 

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